Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction

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In Peculiar Crossroads, Farrell O'Gorman explains how the radical religiosity of both Flannery O'Connor's and Walker Percy's vision made them so valuable as southern fiction writers and social critics. Via their spiritual and philosophical concerns, O'Gorman asserts, these two unabashedly Catholic authors bequeathed a postmodern South of shopping malls and interstates imbued with as much meaning as Appomattox or Yoknapatawpha. O'Gorman builds his argument with biographical, historical, literary, and theological ...

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Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction

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In Peculiar Crossroads, Farrell O'Gorman explains how the radical religiosity of both Flannery O'Connor's and Walker Percy's vision made them so valuable as southern fiction writers and social critics. Via their spiritual and philosophical concerns, O'Gorman asserts, these two unabashedly Catholic authors bequeathed a postmodern South of shopping malls and interstates imbued with as much meaning as Appomattox or Yoknapatawpha. O'Gorman builds his argument with biographical, historical, literary, and theological evidence, examining the writers' work through intriguing pairings, such as O'Connor's Wise Blood with Percy's The Moviegoer, and O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find with Percy's Lancelot. An impeccable exercise in literary history and criticism, Peculiar Crossroads renders a genuine understanding of the Catholic sensibility of both O'Connor and Percy and their influence among contemporary southern writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807133354
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Southern Literary Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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Farrell O'Gorman, a native of South Carolina, lives in Chicago, where he is a professor in DePaul University's Catholic Studies Department.

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Farrell O'Gorman, a native of South Carolina, lives in Chicago, where he is a professor in DePaul University's Catholic Studies Department.

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Table of Contents

1 "We have had our fall" : malaise and mystery in the lives of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy 15
2 South to Rome : four southern writers and the Catholic revival 51
3 Toward a Catholic theory of fiction : a Christian realism of the "here-and-now" 103
4 Postwar America and the end of the modern south : catastrophes, castaways, new worlds 151
5 Languages of mystery : legacies of O'Connor and Percy in contemporary southern letters 199
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